Pontefract: Jason has a Ball as Old Sharlston sink rivals

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OLD Sharlston are level on points with champions South Kirkby at the top of Division One after all-rounder Jason Ball led a magnificent fightback against neighbours Streethouse.

Mohammed Bashir (5-33) reduced Sharlston to 31-7 before Ball (89no) rescued the innings by sharing an unbroken 135-run stand with Dave Taylor (32no).

Chasing Sharlston’s 166-7, Streethouse fell narrowly short when they were kept at 162-9 by Rob Simpson (4-30) and Ball 
(2-24). Opener Jake Rimmington smashed three sixes and 16 fours in an unbeaten century to guide South Kirkby to a nine-wicket win against Ackworth whose scoring was led by Chris Wathen (38).

Wakefield teams Sandal and Brook-Walton maintained their Division Two promotion challenges.

Brook Walton crushed Barnby Dun, who were skittled for 39 by former Wrenthorpe captain Kevin Watson (6-9) and Richard Wild (4-27). Karl Hewitt (53), Chris Gibson (37) and Andy Noble (4-45) gave Sandal the edge at Hemsworth whose defeat was hard on skippper Phil Crapper (66no)

Promoted Glasshoughton won by 74 runs at Allerton Bywater, who were toppled for 52 by Alex Clemo (4-16) and Craig Bryant (4-23).

James Pugh’s 5-28 was in vain for Knottingley in a 39-run defeat against Stainborough and Tracy Shepherd’s half century failed to rescue Crofton against leaders Hatfield.

Featherstone’s dreadful start continued with a fourth successive defeat, losing by 72 runs to Rothwell, for whom Alex Manson hit 97 off 101 balls.